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Authorities said they broke up a huge drug operation in the Tennessee Valley. Twenty people were arrested Thursday morning and two more are charged in what investigators called overlapping drug ringsMore >>
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Full statement from Governor Robert Bentley's office:
Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced he will sign the Alabama
Accountability Act of 2013, a measure that will help ensure that more students
have access to a high-quality education.
"This is historic education reform
that will benefit students and families across the state," Governor Bentley
said. "Local school systems will have the flexibility to make more
decisions on behalf of their students. Families will have new options if
their children are stuck in failing schools. All children, regardless of
their family's income or where they live, will have the opportunity to receive
a quality education."
"As promised, this bill gives
school districts flexibility without infringing on the rights and
responsibilities of our classroom teachers," Governor Bentley added.
"This bill shows that we have confidence in our local educators to know what's
best for their students."
Under the legislation (House Bill
84 – School Flexibility), school systems will be able to create flexibility
plans that will be submitted for review and approval by local and state education
leaders. The legislation requires public hearings and public input before
any school flexibility plans are approved. As a condition of increased
flexibility, school districts will be required to show improved outcomes of
The bill creates tax credits for
families with children who attend persistently low-performing schools.
The credits will give those children new options by providing credits to attend
a non-failing public school or a non-public school. The legislation also
creates tax credits for businesses that donate to nonprofits that provide
scholarships for students to attend non-failing public schools or non-public
"I appreciate the hard work of the
legislative leadership, the bill's sponsors and everyone who worked together to
give our schools and families greater flexibility," Governor Bentley
said. "Students will benefit as a direct result of the legislation